Shares of Coca-Cola (KO) were climbing more than 3% Tuesday, as lackluster expectations were enough to turn an in-line quarter into a great one for many investors.
Coke reported first quarter adjusted earnings of 44 cents a share, in line with analysts��expectations. Revenue fell 4.2% year-over-year to $10.58 billion, just squeaking past the consensus $10.55 billion.
However, there were bright spots in the quarter: The in-line results came despite foreign exchange headwinds as a result of the strong dollar, and overall volumes rose 2%, ahead of expectations and juiced by growth in fast-growing emerging markets.
On the conference call, management said that it doesn�� anticipate currency headwinds to be as severe going forward, and the company�� full year plan remains intact.
Citigroup�� Wendy Nicholson�reiterated a Buy rating and $44 price target on the stock following the report: ��O faced its toughest YoY volume comp of the year in 1Q (to +4% in 1Q13), which had led most folks to expect 0%-1% overall volume growth in 1Q14. We are encouraged that despite a confluence of headwinds ��incl. one less selling day, the shift in timing of Easter, the new soda tax in Mexico, unrest in Russia, and robust health & wellness concerns pressuring the CSDs business globally ��KO managed to deliver 2 pts of global volume growth. And, while this growth was driven entirely by the stills business, we are pleased that the margin drag from the negative mix shift did not prevent KO from posting 7% organic growth in op income. All in, we consider this to be a better-than-expected start to the year, and we hope this momentum continues, especially in light of easier volume comps to come.��/p>
10 Best Net Payout Yield Stocks To Buy Right Now: Walter Energy Inc.(WLT)
Walter Energy, Inc. produces and exports metallurgical coal for the steel industry primarily in the United States. The company also produces thermal and industrial coal, anthracite, metallurgical coke, coal bed methane gas, and other related products. It principally serves electric utility and industrial customers. The company was formerly known as Walter Industries, Inc. and changed its name to Walter Energy, Inc. in April 2009. Walter Energy, Inc. was founded in 1946 and is headquartered in Birmingham, Alabama.Advisors' Opinion:
- [By Jayson Derrick]
Walter Energy (NYSE: WLT) announced that it will begin idling its Canadian operations which includes the Barzion and Wolverine coal mines in British Columbia. Shares gained 4.87 percent, closing at $8.18.
- [By Daniela Pylypczak]
Standard & Poor’s Rating Services announced on Thursday that it has lowered its corporate credit rating on Walter Energy (WLT) from B to B-.
The rating on the existing senior secured debt was also lowered from B+ to B, while the senior unsecured debt was downgraded from B- to CCC+. According to the ratings firm, the downgrade and negative outlook reflects its expectations that Walter Energy’s leverage will rise to more than 10x in 2013, and that it will likely continue to be above 5x in 2014. Walter Energy has also suffered from a significant decline in coal prices, as well as weaker demand in Europe and China.
Despite the downgrade, Walter Energy shares rallied 5.8% during Thursday’s session. Year-to-date, the stock is down 63.70%.
Top Stocks To Invest In Right Now: Monolithic Power Systems Inc.(MPWR)
Monolithic Power Systems, Inc., a fabless semiconductor company, designs, develops, and markets analog and mixed-signal semiconductors. It offers direct current (DC) to DC converter integrated circuits (IC) that are used to convert and control voltages of various electronic systems, such as portable electronic devices, wireless LAN access points, computers, set top boxes, televisions and monitors, automobiles, and medical equipments. The company also provides lighting control ICs for use in systems that offer the light source for liquid crystal display (LCD) panels in notebook computers, LCD monitors, car navigational systems, and LCD televisions. In addition, it provides audio amplifier ICs to amplify sound produced by audio processors; and Class-D audio amplifiers for plasma televisions, LCD televisions, and digital versatile disk players. The company serves consumer electronics, communications, and computing markets. Monolithic Power Systems, Inc. sells its products thr ough third party distributors and value-added resellers, as well as directly to original equipment manufacturers, original design manufacturers, and electronic manufacturing service providers. The company was founded in 1997 and is headquartered in San Jose, California.Advisors' Opinion:
- [By Seth Jayson]
Calling all cash flows
When you are trying to buy the market's best stocks, it's worth checking up on your companies' free cash flow once a quarter or so, to see whether it bears any relationship to the net income in the headlines. That's what we do with this series. Today, we're checking in on Monolithic Power Systems (Nasdaq: MPWR ) , whose recent revenue and earnings are plotted below.
- [By Lee Jackson]
Monolithic Power Systems Inc. (NASDAQ: MPWR) has a diverse market that includes communications, gaming and computing to continue to drive its growth, all markets that will pay a premium for its technology. The list of tech companies that use its chips is impressive. Deutsche Bank has a $30 target, the same as the consensus target.
- [By Eric Volkman]
McDonald is a veteran CFO, having served in that position for a number of tech companies including eASIC, Advanced Analogic Technologies, and Monolithic Power Systems (NASDAQ: MPWR ) .
Top Stocks To Invest In Right Now: Deutsche Bank AG (SBND)Deutsche Bank AG is a global investment bank. The Company offers a variety of investment, financial and related products and services to private individuals, corporate entities and institutional clients around the world. The Company operates through such divisions as: Private and Business Clients, Asset and Wealth Management, Corporate Banking and Securities, Global Transaction Banking and Non-Core Operations Unit. Deutsche Bank AG is active domestically and in various countries, through the network of numerous branches. In February 2014, the Company and its related bodies corporate ceases to a share holder in the capital of the Company. Advisors' Opinion:
- [By Donald van Deventer]
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Top Stocks To Invest In Right Now: TeleNav Inc.(TNAV)
TeleNav, Inc. provides personalized navigation and location based services (LBS) in the United States and internationally. It offers GPS Navigator, a voice guided, real time, turn by turn mobile navigation service on a white label basis, such as Sprint Navigation and AT&T Navigator, as well as under the TeleNav brand. The company also provides mobile resource management solutions that allow enterprises to monitor and manage mobile workforces and assets by using its LBS platform to track job status and the location of workers, field assets, and equipment. Its enterprise solutions include TeleNav Track service, as well as TeleNav Vehicle Manager, TeleNav Vehicle Tracker, and TeleNav Asset Tracker. In addition, the company offers mobile navigation services through on-board and connected systems. Further, it focuses on developing LBS to new device platforms, such as tablet devices, as well as new LBS for mobile phones, including location based mobile advertising, commerce, and social networking. The company distributes its services to consumers, wireless carriers, enterprises and automobile manufacturers, and original equipment manufacturers through its wireless carrier partners, as well as through its Web site and mobile phone application stores. TeleNav, Inc. is headquartered in Sunnyvale, California.Advisors' Opinion:
- [By Louis Navellier]
Lately, FleetCor has been on a buying spree. This spring, FLT agreed to buy out Telenav’s (TNAV) mobile business — an operation that serves 8,000 business clients by tracking the location of mobile workers in field-based businesses. FleetCor aims to adopt the business to add value to its ongoing fuel card programs.
- [By Seth Jayson]
Telenav (Nasdaq: TNAV ) reported earnings on April 25. Here are the numbers you need to know.
The 10-second takeaway
For the quarter ended March 31 (Q3), Telenav beat expectations on revenues and beat expectations on earnings per share.
Top Stocks To Invest In Right Now: KBB Resources Bhd (KBB)KBB Resources Berhad is an investment holding company. The Company is engaged in manufacturing and marketing of all types of rice and sago sticks (vermicelli), sago starch and related products. The Company�� product includes Rice Vermicelli, Instant Noodle, Instant Bihun, Laksa and Sago. The Company�� subsidiaries include Kilang Bihun Bersatu Sdn Bhd, which is engaged in Manufacturing and marketing of all types of rice and sago sticks (vermicelli); Rasayang Food Industries Sdn Bhd, which is engaged in manufacturing and trading of beehoon and beehoon laksa; Bersatu Noodles Industries Sdn Bhd, which is engaged in manufacturing and trading of noodles and related products, and Bersatu Biotechnology (Johore) Sdn Bhd, which is engaged in manufacturing and marketing of all types of sago starch and related products. Advisors' Opinion:
- [By Neha Marwah]
LMC Automotive expects the annualized rate to be 16.1 million, the best in six years. This is a decent improvement from last year�� November, when the industry reported 15.3 million as the adjusted annualized rate. In comparison, Kelley Blue Book (KBB) expects the November 2013 SAAR to be around 15.6 million, while Edmunds.com estimates it to be 15.7 million.
Top Stocks To Invest In Right Now: Zurich Insurance Group AG (ZURN)Zurich Insurance Group Limited is a Switzerland-based holding company engaged in the insurance sector. The Company provides a range of general and life insurance products and services for individuals, small business, mid-sized and large-sized companies, and multinational corporations. The Company offers its products and services through three business segments, namely General Insurance, Global life and Farmers. The General Insurance segment offers motor, home and commercial products and services for individuals, as well as small and large business. The Global life segment offers life insurance, savings, investment and pensions solutions. The Farmers segment includes farmers management services, which provides non-claims management services to the farmers exchange, as well as Farmers Re business, which includes reinsurance assumed from the Farmers Exchange by the Company's group. Furthermore, the Company provides reinsurance and insurance business considered as non-core business. Advisors' Opinion:
- [By Namitha Jagadeesh]
Zurich Insurance Group AG (ZURN) lost 3.6 percent after second-quarter profit missed analysts��estimates. Hennes & Mauritz AB (HMB) declined the most in seven weeks as Europe�� second-biggest clothing retailer reported worse-than-expected sales. BG Group Plc, which derives 20 percent of its oil-and-gas production from Egypt, slipped 2.4 percent as the death toll from nationwide violence in the most populous Arab country climbed above 500.